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Brief History of Japan

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Just in case you missed some of Japan's history, here is Bill Wurts to give you a 9 minute humorous rundown.

Asian Underwear Makers Seeing Red

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Red underwear is prominently displayed in stores for the New Year in Asia, and in Japan, most especially this year...

Japanese Hangover Cure

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Now that we're in the season of Japanese bonenkai (forget the last year drinking party) and approaching Western New Year's Eve parties, it might be good to prepare for the day-after.

What's in a Word? A lot if it is an Emoji

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Oxford Dictionaries said the Face with Tears of Joy emoji "best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015," and confirmed that statistics indicate it was the most commonly used emoji in the U.K. and U.S. over the past year.

Saké: Hot or Cold?

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Most Westerners are familiar with hot saké served in a ceramic flask-like tokkuri. Cheap saké is good this way because it goes down more easily. The tokkuri is usually placed in a pot of hot water on the stove or in the microwave until it reaches the temperature you like.

World Record Rice Art

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This stunning rice art made it in the Guinness Book of World Records...

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